Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition


Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition

The Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition was first awarded in 1961. This award was not presented from 1967 to 1984.

The award has had several minor name changes:

*From 1961 to 1962 the award was known as Best Contemporary Classical Composition
*In 1963 it was awarded as Best Contemporary Composition
*In 1965 it was awarded as Best Composition by a Contemporary Composer
*In 1966 and 1964 it was awarded as Best Composition by a Contemporary Classical Composer
*In 1985 it was awarded as Best New Classical Composition
*From 1986 to 1994 it was again awarded as Best Contemporary Composition
*From 1995 to the present it has been again been awarded as Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

2000s

*Grammy Awards of 2006
**William Bolcom (composer) for "Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience" performed by Leonard Slatkin
*Grammy Awards of 2005
**John Adams (composer) for "On the Transmigration of Souls" performed by Lorin Maazel, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, New York Choral Artists & the New York Philharmonic
*Grammy Awards of 2004
**Dominick Argento (composer) for "Argento: Casa Guidi" performed by Frederica von Stade, Eiji Oue & the Minnesota Orchestra
*Grammy Awards of 2003
**Steve Barnett (producer), Preston Smith (engineer), John Tavener (composer), Joseph Jennings (conductor), Chanticleer & the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston for "Tavener: Lamentations and Praises"
*Grammy Awards of 2002
**Christopher Rouse (composer), Muhai Tang (conductor), Sharon Isbin & the Gulbenkian Orchestra for "Concert de Gaudí for Guitar and Orchestra"
*Grammy Awards of 2001
**George Crumb (composer) & Thomas Conlin for "Crumb: Star-Child"
*Grammy Awards of 2000
**Pierre Boulez (composer) & the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain for "Boulez: Répons"

1990s

*Grammy Awards of 1999
**Krzysztof Penderecki (composer & conductor), Anne-Sophie Mutter & the London Symphony Orchestra for "Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2, Metamorphosen"
*Grammy Awards of 1998
**John Adams (composer), Kent Nagano (conductor) & the Hallé Orchestra for "Adams: El Dorado"
*Grammy Awards of 1997
**John Corigliano (composer) & the Cleveland Quartet for "Corigliano: String Quartet"
*Grammy Awards of 1996
**Olivier Messiaen (composer) & Myung-Whun Chung (conductor) for "Messiaen: Concert a Quatre"
*Grammy Awards of 1995
**Stephen Albert (composer), David Zinman (conductor) & Yo-Yo Ma for "Albert: Cello Concerto"
*Grammy Awards of 1994
**Elliott Carter (composer), Oliver Knussen (conductor) & the London Symphony Orchestra for "Carter: Violin Concerto"
*Grammy Awards of 1993
**Samuel Barber (composer), Andrew Schnenck (conductor) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for "Barber: The Lovers"
*Grammy Awards of 1992
**John Corigliano (composer), Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for "Corigliano: Symphony No. 1"
*Grammy Awards of 1991
**Leonard Bernstein (composer), Judy Kaye & William Sharp for "Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles"
*Grammy Awards of 1990
**Steve Reich (composer) & the Kronos Quartet for "Reich: Different Trains"

1980s

*Grammy Awards of 1989
**John Adams (composer), Edo de Waart (conductor) & the San Francisco Symphony for "Adams: Nixon in China"
*Grammy Awards of 1988
**Krzysztof Penderecki (composer & conductor), Mstislav Rostropovich & the Philharmonia Orchestra for "Penderecki: Cello Concerto No. 2"
*Grammy Awards of 1987
**Witold Lutosławski (composer) & Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) for "Lutosławski: Symphony No. 3"
*Grammy Awards of 1986
**Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer), Sarah Brightman & Plácido Domingo for "Lloyd Webber: Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1985
**Samuel Barber (composer) & Christian Badea (conductor) for "Antony and Cleopatra"

1960s

*Grammy Awards of 1966
**Charles Ives (composer) for "Ives: Symphony No. 4" conducted by Leopold Stokowski
*Grammy Awards of 1965
**Samuel Barber (composer) for "Concerto" performed by John Browning
*Grammy Awards of 1964
**Benjamin Britten (composer & conductor) & the London Symphony Orchestra for "Britten: War Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1963
**Igor Stravinsky (composer and conductor) for "Stravinsky: The Flood"
*Grammy Awards of 1962
**Laurindo Almeida (composer and artist) for "Discantus"
**Igor Stravinsky (composer and artist) for "Stravinsky: Movements for Piano and Orchestra"
*Grammy Awards of 1961
**Aaron Copland (composer & conductor) & the Boston Symphony Orchestra for "Orchestral Suite from The Tender Land Suite"


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